Virgin and Child

Low Countries
Medieval (Gothic)
second half of 15th century


Object Place: Europe, Germany

Dimensions

29.5 x 10.5 x 7 cm (11 5/8 x 4 1/8 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

60.955

Medium or Technique

Metal; Cast Iron

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Metalwork

Standing Virgin and Child on a hexagonal base; unfinished, with a curved strip of metal for attachment on the back. Solid cast in one piece with a wrought-iron hook attached with solder to a hole in the back. The Virgin, in a swaying pose, looks at the Child on her arm, holding his foot with her hand. A mantle over the gown falls across her body in deep angular folds; her short veil is held in place by an elaborate jeweled crown. The Child, dressed in a tunic, grasps his mother’s drapery with his left hand. In black letter script and barely visible on the hexagonal base is an inscription, AVE MARIA MATER DMI.

Provenance

By 1960, with Philipp B. Mayer, London; 1960; sold by Mayer to the MFA for £130. (Accession Date: September 21, 1960)

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund